Unemployment numbers increase slightly

The number of unemployed in Randolph County stands at 2,842 people.

RANDOLPH COUNTY — The unemployment rate in Randolph County stood at 4.5% in May, up from 4.3% in April, according to information released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The rate has fallen 9.3% from a year ago, when it began its descent from to 13.8% in May 2020. Unemployment rates statewide increased in 77 of the state’s 100 counties in April, according to the report. All of the state’s 15 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The unemployment rate measures the percentage of employable people in the workforce who are over the age of 16 and who have either lost their jobs or have unsuccessfully sought jobs in the last month and are still actively seeking work.

In the surrounding area, Davidson County’s rate remained at 4.2% in May, unchanged from April. Rates in other surrounding counties were 5.2% in Guilford; 4.5% in Forsyth; 4.6% in Rowan; and 4.3% in Montgomery.

The May rate for Randolph ranks as the 53rd lowest in the state, leaving the county — which is part of the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area — among mid-level Tier 2 counties. The number of unemployed in Randolph County stands at 2,842 people. Randolph’s labor force now stands at 63,785.

North Carolina’s statewide, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5% in May, which is down from 4.4% in April. It was a decrease of 9.2% over the year. The national unemployment rate in May remained at 5.9%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.